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Why You Should Not Buy the iPhone 5 Today

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 17:48

Why You Should Not Buy the iPhone 5 Today is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 5 is no longer sold on the Apple Store but that doesn’t mean that it’s no longer being sold. The iPhone 5 is still a solid option for those looking to upgrade their smartphone but right now is not the time to buy into Apple’s flagship from two years ago.

Two years ago, the iPhone 5 made a huge splash. The device, which was released back in September of 2012, arrived with a number of sought after features including a larger 4-inch Retina Display, 4G LTE data speeds, a new industrial aluminum design, the new Lightning dock standard, new processor, and an improved rear camera.

At the time, the iPhone 5 was considered one of the best smartphones in the world. It’s no longer that but thanks to its specs and its software, the iPhone 5 is still finds itself amongst some of the mid-t0-high level smartphone talent. It’s a great phone but now that it’s two years old, it’s not amongst the elite.

Apple no longer sells the iPhone 5 new but that doesn’t mean that you can’t buy it. Carriers offer refurbished versions of the iPhone 5 at discounted prices and retailers like eBay continue to sell the iPhone 5 to new customers. Unsurprisingly, we’ve heard from many people who are investigating the iPhone 5 and thinking about buying it as their next smartphone.

It’s a device that we can still recommend given how good iOS 7 is performing and given the fact that it should get at least one iOS update after the iOS 8 update this fall. However, we can’t recommend buying it right now, at least not in the next 60 days or so.

The next 40 to 60 days represent the absolute worst time to buy the iPhone 5 or any other smartphone for that matter. That’s because we’re hitting the tail end of the yearly smartphone cycle. The devices that arrive in the next two months or so will likely represent the top smartphone options until the cycle begins anew in the beginning of 2015.

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I own the iPhone 5 and I’ve owned it for two years. It’s a great smartphone but it’s one that I’m going to be replacing in a few weeks when I come off contract. I still think it’s a smartphone worth investigating if you’re in the hunt for something new but I’m here to tell you that you’re better off waiting a few weeks as we approach the end of this year’s cycle.

Apple’s iPhone 6 is expected to set off a chain reaction of events, events that will work in the favor of those looking for a new smartphone. The first event is the iPhone 6 launch itself, expected to take place on September 9th at an undisclosed locale. That date isn’t confirmed but Recode’s John Paczkowski is a solid source and it’s alright to have September 9th circled in pen on the calendar.

What this means is that in just a few weeks, we’re going to see another iPhone option emerge. This only happens once a year and we only see a massive overhaul to the iPhone once every two years. The iPhone 6 is not expected to be an ‘S’ iPhone variant and rumors suggest that it will be loaded with brand new features including a redesign. If that’s not worth waiting for, I don’t know what is.

The iPhone 6 is expected to deliver some significant changes to the iPhone, changes that should help to push the iPhone 5 further down the totem pole. It’s thought to have two new screen sizes, 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches, both of which will provide more screen real estate for gaming, the web, getting work done, and television shows and movies. The best part is that it looks like the company might be able to accomplish that without blowing up the size of the iPhone.

While the 4-inch Retina Display was fantastic two years ago, I’ve started to loathe it, especially after using all of these big screen Android smartphones (like the LG G3) that are easy to use with one hand. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model appears to only be slightly larger than the iPhone 5s.

Simulated usage shows this iPhone 6 design is small enough and easy enough to hold for one-hand use.

The iPhone 6 is also rumored to have a higher-resolution display, a slimmer and better protected design, a camera that’s improved over the iPhone 5s’, and an A8 processor that could deliver better performance and battery life. It could also provide more color options and software features that need the device’s hardware to function. NFC (Near-Field Communication) has been rumored several times, something that would turn the device into a mobile wallet.

I should also point out that the iPhone 6 will be coming stock with iOS 8. New iPhones typically receive three updates before they’re kicked aside. iOS 8 will represent the iPhone 5′s second major iOS update. Something to keep in mind if you’re planning on using your next phone for the long term like I am.

If you hold off on the iPhone 5 and wait a few weeks, you’ll open yourself up to a brand new iPhone that will likely be the biggest and best change to the iPhone since, you guessed it, the iPhone 5.

Galaxy Note 4

What’s more is that just by waiting, you’re going to get another big name smartphone option to look at.

Samsung is preparing for a huge September smartphone launch of its own. Earlier this week, the company confirmed the Galaxy Note 4 release and tagged the device with a launch date of September 3rd. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the successor to the Galaxy Note 3, isn’t an iPhone but it could be one of the year’s best smartphones.

The Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to have a number of big time features including a large QHD display, powerful processor, solid camera with optical image stabilization, a high-end design with a fingerprint sensor, and tons of carrier options in the United States. Last year’s Galaxy Note 3 was and still is as powerful as the iPhone 5s.

Like the iPhone, the Galaxy Note only comes out once a year and from the look of things, the Galaxy Note 4 could be the best Galaxy Note ever released. It’s worth waiting for, that’s for sure.

Deals

Walmart is already offering a $99 iPhone 5s deal. You’ll need to sign a contract but that’s a pretty amazing price for the current version of the iPhone and it’s a deal that prospective iPhone 5 buyers should be taking a look at. After all, the iPhone 5s trumps the iPhone 5 in most areas.

What’s more is that we expect more iPhone 5s deals to emerge in and around the iPhone 6 release as retailers attempt to compete with each other and perhaps, with Apple. I would not be surprised if a struggling retailer like RadioShack offered a steep discount on the iPhone 5s, a deal that you may not be able to take advantage of if you buy the iPhone 5 right now.

The same goes for top Android smartphones. Top iPhone 5s competitors like the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 will likely see their prices drop in September as sweeten their offers after the arrival of the iPhone 6. These devices serve as top iPhone 5 competitors as well and should be considered before buying the iPhone from two years ago.

Here’s the deal.

If you’re not in a hurry to replace your current smartphone and you aren’t one hundred percent sold on the iPhone 5, I highly recommend waiting, at least until September. In September, you’ll have two more options to weigh against the iPhone 5 and you should also have access to cheaper Android devices and a cheaper iPhone 5s. Just be patient and you’ll come out ahead.

We understand that every situation is different. Phones break, money appears, whatever. If you simply can’t wait, make sure that you don’t pay a ton for the iPhone 5. It’s still a very solid smartphone but now that it’s two iOS updates deep, there’s no reason why you should be shelling out for it, especially with the iPhone 5s price dipping to new lows.

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Why You Should Not Buy the iPhone 5 Today is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Use the LG G3 as a Personal Hotspot

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 23:18

How to Use the LG G3 as a Personal Hotspot is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The new LG G3 is a powerful smartphone that can do a lot of things, and one of them is act as a personal hotspot. A portable internet connection that can be shared to the iPads, Nexus 7 or laptops we all use, and let them connect to the internet anywhere there is a cell phone signal.

Whether you call it a personal hotspot, portable hotspot, mobile hotspot or just tethering — we’re talking about using the LG G3 to connect other devices to the internet. Our smartphones signal and internet connection for data can be shared and essentially deliver faster speeds than many home WiFi networks to your laptop or tablet, no matter where you are.

Read: How to Take a Screenshot on the LG G3

It’s a concept and feature many users still don’t understand, but essentially you can share your phones connection to other devices, and make them have internet access while you’re out and about. Below we’ll explain just how easy it is to use your LG G3 (or any Android phone) as a personal hotspot and internet connection.

The most common method is to use WiFi tethering. All this does is shares your phones connection over WiFi to any of your devices. Whether this be your laptop, or sharing it with tablets in the car for your kids. This process is similar to how you connect to the Starbucks WiFi on an iPad, only it’s using your phones connection, instead of Starbucks overly used and slow internet access. Alternatively there’s also wired USB tethering, so your LG G3 can charge while it shares that connection to your Macbook, or laptop of choice.

The easiest method is to pay for hotspot features from your wireless provider like AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile. Sadly this will usually cost an extra $10-$15 a month unless you’re on some of the recent high limit data plans. Many of the mobile share plans we’ve been seeing the past 6-8 months have hotspot enabled, for free. Just make sure you don’t tether too much and go over your data limit, otherwise you’ll have extra fees to pay at the end of the month.

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Read: 51 LG G3 Tips, Tricks & Hidden Features

If your plan offers tethering and hotspot features, or you’ve paid to use them, below are the few simple steps you’ll need to take to turn it on, rename your connection so you can easily find it, and secure it with a password so others don’t use it.

Instructions

With the LG G3 there’s actually a mobile hotspot quick-setting in the pulldown bar, but you’ll want to head into settings and get everything properly configured first, especially if this is your first time. Simply start by pulling down the notification bar and hitting the top right gear-shaped settings button, then go to “tethering & networks” or some carriers may have it listed as “Mobile Hotspot”.

Settings -> Tethering & networks -> and tap Mobile Hotspot to set it up

Head into the settings shown and detailed above (and below) before you turn it on, so you can set up everything. Here you’ll be able to choose a WiFi name for your device, leave the security type at WPA2 PSK, then select a password that you can remember, but isn’t easy to guess. Don’t use 123456789. From here hit save at the bottom, and turn on Mobile Hotspot with the switch at the top.

From here you can set the name and password for your hotspot. Make sure you use a password or someone will likely use all your data.

As you can see above it’s all rather simple. Once you go through the initial setup which only requires a few minutes of your time, or less, you’re all done.

Now all you need to do is turn on WiFi on your other smartphones, tablets, laptop, or any other wireless device and search for your new LG G3 hotspot. I named mine “My G3 Hot” so it’s easy to recognize. Once you find your newly created hotspot simply login with the password you’ve just created, and you now are using your LG G3 as a personal hotspot and sharing its internet connection with your other devices.

USB or Bluetooth

WiFi tethering for a personal hotspot is the easiest, and doesn’t require any wires. However, users can used a USB cable to do what’s called a wired tether. Sharing your LG G3 connection via USB to a laptop, which will also charge your smartphone at the same time. The same settings menu above has USB Tethering you can turn on, or Bluetooth tethering for those who still want to take that route as well.

Read: How to Make a WiFi Hotspot Widget on Android

If you’re like me and would rather not spend an extra $15 or so a month for tethering features, there’s a few options available to you. Our favorite is Klink, since it’s a simple wired connection, but Easy Tether Pro and other options are also available. You can also root (jailbreak for Android) your new LG G3 and use an array of the tether apps from the Play Store, or pay for something like Tether without root if you really need a hotspot but can’t afford the $15 per month price asked by carriers.

Last but not least, it’s a good idea to add a data usage reminder or alert so you don’t spend all of your data plan tethering to a tablet and watching Netflix. We know Dexter or Breaking Bad is addicting, but you don’t want to go over your data limit. Head into Settings > Data Manager > and set the slider at an appropriate limit to keep yourself safe.

That’s it. Enjoy internet on any of your device, anytime, as long as you follow the steps outlined above.

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How to Use the LG G3 as a Personal Hotspot is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Top 5 Phones to Consider Before Buying the HTC One [August, 2014]

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 23:10

Top 5 Phones to Consider Before Buying the HTC One [August, 2014] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The flagship HTC One M8 is still a very solid smartphone option and one that you should definitely take a look at before settling on a new smartphone in August. That said, we think there are five phones that you absolutely must weigh before committing to the HTC One M8 this month.

In late March, HTC announced and released the all new HTC One M8, a new version of last year’s HTC One that emerged as one of the best smartphones of the year and arguably, one of the best smartphones of all time. The new HTC One had some pretty big shoes to fill but fortunately for consumers, it filled them quite well.

The HTC One was, and still is, one of the top smartphones on the market. HTC’s One M8 comes with an impressive sheet of features which include a spacious full HD display, speedy processor for games and multitasking, an impressive UltraPixel camera, and more. It also features HTC’s Sense UI which some people like better than TouchWiz, the UI on board the Galaxy S5, and iOS.

Those specs, combined with an solid price tag, make the HTC One one of the best smartphone options on the market. Still, we think you need to check out the competition before settling.

We are constantly bombarded with questions about which phones to buy. In particular, we’re constantly asked about the phones consumers should weigh against the HTC One M8. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five.

These phones represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

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That said, here are the top five smartphones to consider before buying the HTC One M8.

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The LG G3 is finally available in the United States and unsurprisingly, it has taken its place amongst the best smartphones on the market.

LG's brand new flagship replaces the LG G2, a HTC One competitor, and it does so with some key ingredients including a beautiful QHD display, solid camera with Optical Image Stabilization, good battery life, fast processor, and a whole lot more. We like this phone and we like it a lot.

In fact, we consider it one of the top smartphone options on the market thanks to its hardware and its impressive array of software features and we think it's worthy of consideration over the HTC One M8. Especially when you consider the fact that its price has already dropped to the $100 level.

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Top 5 Phones to Consider Before Buying the HTC One [August, 2014] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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LG G3 Review from an iPhone User

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:31

LG G3 Review from an iPhone User is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

This LG G3 review shares how the LG G3 compares to the iPhone 5s, helping potential buyers know how the LG G3 performs from an iPhone user perspective.

After using the Verizon LG G3 as my main device, and still carrying my iPhone 5s it became clear that LG nailed the Android experience combining a large high-resolution display with a great camera and software features that match the iPhone in many areas and beat it in others.

Our early LG G3 review gave the phone an Editor’s Choice Award thanks to the amazing features this phone offers, and the Verizon LG G3 earns this same honor.

If you are trying to decide between the iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 and the LG G3 or are looking to upgrade to the LG G3 from an iPhone this LG G3 review from an iPhone user will help you understand what the LG G3 does better and where you will need to make some concessions.

Read our Verizon LG G3 review from an iPhone user.

I’m using a Verizon LG G3 review unit, which includes pre-installed Verizon apps and connects to the speedy XLTE Verizon network, but the basic LG G3 review from an iPhone user points are the same across other carriers as well.

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Read: 51 LG G3 Tips & Tricks

One of the biggest differences between a Verizon LG G3 and those on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile is coverage. Despite many advances there are still places I travel in Ohio where Verizon is the best or only option. This varies from place to place, so check your area before you switch. My home neighborhood delivers vastly better AT&T service, but when I go on trips Verizon is typically a better source.

The LG G3 is $99 direct from Verizon and on Amazon. The iPhone 5s is also $99 at Verizon right now.

During my time with this LG G3 review unit I also carried a Verizon iPhone 5s, which I carry alongside an Android phone of some type daily.

LG G3 Display

The LG G3 display is bigger and delivers more detail than the iPhone 5s. The LG G3 features a 5.5-inch 2k display. iPhone users are familiar with the 4-inch Retina display on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, but may not know the resolution which makes an on-paper comparison easier.

  • LG G3 – 5.5-inch – 2,560 x 1,440 resolution – 538 pixels per inch
  • iPhone 5s – 4-inch – 1136 x 640 – 326 pixels per inch

Notice the difference in the detail of small pieces of moss on this fencepost between the LG G3 vs iPhone 5s displays.

The photo above offers a LG G3 vs iPhone 5s screen comparison which helps show the detail that the LG G3 can deliver when looking at a photo.

Essentially the LG G3 delivers more pixels packed into a small space, which lets it show more detail than an iPhone screen. Many Android apps and streaming video is not in 2k resolution or 4k resolution, but when you look at the photos you take on the LG G3 or even when connecting an SD card to see those from a DLSR, the LG G3 display shows much more detail. The video below shows the detail you can see on the LG G3 display.

Compared to the iPhone 5s, the Verizon LG G3 display is significantly larger than the iPhone. The 1.5-inch difference makes a bigger difference than you might guess, but thanks to the LG G3 design the phone is not obscenely large.

Watching movies, browsing the web and playing games on the LG G3 is a more immersive experience thanks to the large display. I still opt for a tablet when I can, but if I am just running around end up with time to waste I grab the LG G3 for entertainment needs before the iPhone.

LG G3 Design

The back of the LG G3 is curved, helping users hold it with one hand.

The iPhone 5s design and LG G3 design both offer benefits, and important differences. The biggest differences are material and access to battery and storage.

Apple designs the iPhone 5s with metal and glass. This is the standard for great smartphone design that plastic will not touch for many users. I was surprised by the feel of the LG G3 design because it uses plastic instead of metal, but it is a high-quality plastic that almost feels like a ceramic. It’s not going to match the feel of aluminum for every user, but it is close enough for me. The biggest reason for this is that it doesn’t feel like a cheap plastic phone.

Pop the back off to add storage or a spare LG G3 battery, but you can’t do that on the iPhone 5s.

Part of the plastic LG G3 design is the ability to remove the back for access to a battery that you can swap out if it runs dead and a MicroSD card slot that lets users add more storage. The iPhone 5s offers neither of these options, though you can buy a case to add storage and battery power for $150 or more. A spare LG G3 battery is $30, though not on sale in stores yet, and a 64GB MicroSD card is $36 on Amazon. It’s nice that I can add storage later instead of buying it right off the bat. The LG G3 also comes with 32GB of memory instead of 16GB standard.

The back of the LG G3 is curved and the edges slope up to help with grip and one-handed use. For a larger phone this is essential, and it combines with small bezels to keep the size of the LG G3 as small as possible. Apple opts for a flat back and chamfered edges on the sides. The LG G3 would not work with the current iPhone design, but the iPhone 5s is still a very nice size and feel.

LG G3 Call Quality and Audio

The LG G3 does not include front facing speakers like the HTC One, but the single rear speaker out performs the iPhone 5s speaker hands down. The G3 delivers louder, better sound that I can hear in more rooms without a bluetooth speaker or tricks to make the iPhone speaker louder.

Call Quality on the G3 varies based on your location and network coverage, but I found call quality slightly better than on the iPhone 5s. Both of these devices are on Verizon, but the G3 delivers crisper call audio. The iPhone does sound dramatically better when I make a FaceTime audio call.

LG G3 Performance

The LG G3 delivers good performance across all activities tested from chat and email to gaming and streaming videos. I did not notice a difference between the iPhone 5s and G3 for these common activities aside from the benefits of a bigger screen.

Google apps like Gmail, Maps and Hangouts work great across both of these devices and streaming apps for common services like HBO Go and Watch ESPN are available on both. You won’t notice a difference switching between these two devices in terms of speed inside the apps.

LG G3 Battery Life

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The LG G3 battery life is good, lasting all day on all but one of the days during my LG G3 review. An optional LG G3 battery saver tool can turn on at 50%, 30% or 10% to increase remaining battery life.

I did not need to use this on most days. On the average day I would end up with 30% of the LG G3 battery life left around 10 PM, after taking it off the charger at 8AM. This includes a few calls, but not the marathon of calls that can drain a smartphone battery quickly. I was pleasantly surprised at the G3 battery life while using it as a hotspot.

My iPhone battery life varies dramatically depending on how much I use it for calls, on days where I don’t talk much it lasts about this long. On days where I am on calls for hours and hours it needs recharged by evening.

LG G3 Camera

For a full in-depth look at the LG G3 camera performance check out our deep dive LG G3 Review, with more sample photos and detailed explanations of how the G3 camera performs. I really enjoy the laser focus, though it does not seem to focus faster than the iPhone 5s, if at all. Both the iPhone 5s and LG G3 deliver good-looking photos and a variety of options to take photos. Neither offers a camera app that is as deep as the Galaxy S5.

The video above shows the LG G3 camera options, and the photos and sample video below show what the LG G3 can do. I am happy using the iPhone or the G3 as my camera while on the go for the past few weeks, but I like looking at photos on the higher resolution LG G3 display.

LG G3 Sample Photos

LG G3 Software & Apps

The LG G3 software and apps are very different from the iPhone 5s. This is where users will notice a big difference between the two devices, but not in the negative way we used to see when going from iPhone to Android. Yes, some apps still come to iPhone first and look better on the iPhone, but many of the best Android apps deliver a great experience on Android phones like the LG G3. I still miss some iPhone apps but for the most part I get everything I need on the LG G3.

Rather than list every software feature on the LG G3, I’ll share the ones I use most, that I cannot use on the iPhone.

Knock Code - Tap out an unlock code on the screen, even =when dark, to unlock the phone right to the home screen.

Dual View – Run two apps side-by-side on the screen at the same time for enhanced multitasking.

Remote Control – The LG G3 includes remote control software and an IR blaster on the top so it can control any TV, cable box or home theater.

Pay with Google Wallet – Tap and pay at a retail store with the G3 to make a payment.

The G3 does not include a fingerprint sensor like the iPhone 5s, but I found the Knock Code unlock option an easy replacement for my needs.

Like the iPhone 5s, the LG G3 includes sensors to track activity and it is tracked using a built-in LG Health app. The iPhone offers similar tracking through a Nike app and others, and will add a Health app in iOS 8 this fall.

Verizon bundles a collection of Verizon apps and widgets as well as Amazon apps, Clash of Clans, Hotels.com and Slacker Radio on the G3. They do not include these items on the iPhone 5s. You can uninstall Clash of Clans and Hotels.com, but not Slacker radio and Verizon apps.

LG G3 vs iPhone 5s Conclusions

More help deciding between the iPhone 5s and LG G3.

There is no longer a clear winner in Android vs iPhone comparisons. Both phones offer distinct advantages to users and with new software updates the things that you can do on the G3 and on the iPhone 5s become closer and closer.

If you need a big screen that is still easy to use with one hand and love the option to carry a spare battery and add storage, as well as the other handy features like a remote control, mobile payments and knock codes grab the G3.

For users that like a smaller display and cannot leave the Apple apps and accessories behind, the iPhone 5s is a great choice, but it is worth looking forward to the iPhone 6.

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LG G3 Review from an iPhone User is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha Release Inches Closer

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:02

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Release Inches Closer is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Over the past few weeks more and more leaks have emerged of a new smartphone called the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. A device which is reportedly set to take on the rumored iPhone 6, and this morning even more details have surfaced.

We’ve been hearing this device has a brand new design material, metal, and will be sized at 4.7-inches to directly battle the iPhone 6. A smartphone which if all reports are accurate, will finally get a bigger 4.7-inch display. A first for Apple.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Alpha Photos Emerge

Earlier this week an array of photos leaked of the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha giving us our best look yet at the new design approach from Samsung. Offering a device quite similar to the current Galaxy S5, but with a few redesigns. It’s thinner, smaller, and wrapped with aluminum edges and sleek subtle curves.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha release date has been rumored a few times for August, but so far the company has yet to make any formal announcements. That being said, a device matching the Samsung Galaxy Alpha just cleared the FCC, which is the final hurdle before a potential release date.

A device listed as Samsung SM-G850F cleared the FCC today giving us a few additional details, although most of the important information or specs were hidden for obvious reasons. The device matches earlier images showing the Galaxy Alpha as model SM-G850F, but we’ll have to wait for the launch to know for sure.

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Once a device passes through the FCC this means the design is finalized and the manufacturer is preparing for a launch, but we don’t know which carriers will be on board. This was the European model, but the Galaxy Alpha has the equipment on board to run on both AT&T and T-Mobile networks here in the United States.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Alpha Leaks to Take on the iPhone 6

In an earnings report last week Samsung confirmed two new smartphones were coming soon this year, and one would feature a brand new “design material” they’ve yet to use for an Android smartphone. Of course one is the Galaxy Note 4, which will be announced on September 3rd in Germany, and the second is reportedly this aluminum-clad Galaxy Alpha.

The FCC report mentioned above confirms the size being 4.7-inches, and thinner than the current iPhone 5s. Meaning it’s looking very much like an iPhone 6 competitor right down to the aluminum edges, impressive specs, thin design, and 4.7-inch screen size.

If the latest leaks and rumors are accurate the global version will have a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720p HD display (sadly no 1080p like recent releases) but come with top-tier specs everywhere else to help make this a premium device. Those include an 8-core Samsung Exynos processor with 4G LTE and 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 12 or 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and the usual bells and whistles.

Other reports confirm the fingerprint scanner under the dedicated home button, and a heart rate monitor built into the camera flash similar to Samsung’s current Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone.

Galaxy S5 (left) vs Galaxy Alpha (right)

So when can we expect the Samsung Galaxy Alpha to actually be announced and released now that it appears official, and is starting to pass through FCC certification processes? This month. According to an exclusive report from AllAboutSamsung the Galaxy Alpha will be announced at a small event on August 13th, and released roughly one month later.

At this point most of the attention will be on the current flagship lineup that’s about to be refreshed, with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 next month. However, as Apple’s iPhone 6 release approaches we’ll start to learn even more about the Galaxy Alpha, and even see it released around the globe and throughout the United States.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha Release Inches Closer is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Update On the Lumia 925: Impressions & Performance

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 23:35

Windows Phone 8.1 Update On the Lumia 925: Impressions & Performance is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

For so long, Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system seemed to going no where. There where devices, that could compete with the iPhone and Galaxy S5 on a hardware level, but too often it was the software running on these phones that left a lot to the imagination. Microsoft made it clear that it hoped to change that this year with Windows Phone 8.1, but has it and the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update lived up to the hype?

New Windows Phone 8.1 Features on the Lumia 925

As we discussed back in April when Microsoft revealed Windows Phone 8.1 and starting releasing it to developers, the operating system is a big deal. It’s not that Microsoft changed the game with any of the new features. No, many of them are inspired by what users can do on other platforms. The trick is that Windows Phone 8.1 delivers so many of those things that Windows Phone sorely lacked that it feels like a significant upgrade worth of more than just that “.1” addition to the Windows Phone 8 moniker.

Action Center

Microsoft seems to have finally decided to stop finding excuses and deliver users equivalents of popular features found on the iPhone and in Android.  Action Center is such a feature, it’s not really new – the iPhone’s Control Center area and Notification shade predate Windows Phone’s interpretation by a mile. Microsoft mixes the two together into one place where users can change their settings and look at their latest email. Action Center is made more useful by the customizable buttons that users add to the top.

Cortana

In theory, Windows Phone 8.1 users don’t need the Action Center because they already have Live Tiles showing them information. In practice, I’ve found that the Action Center prevents me from having to crowd my Start Screen with different Live Tiles. I have found myself disappointed that I can’t just get rid of a single notification for a single app though.

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Windows Phones 8.1’s second big feature is probably one you’ve already seen in Microsoft’s ads for different Windows Phones. It’s called Cortana, and she – yes, she – is Microsoft’s answer to both Siri and Google Plus. Like Siri, you can ask her questions and she’ll look for answers. However, she also collects need-to-know information about you, like where you work and who your family is. Any of this information can be deleted from her notebook at any time.  I thought Cortana would be of more use to me when I first downloaded Windows Phone 8.1 on the Lumia 925. In practice, Cortana is a little less useful than I’d hoped she’d be. The traffic alerts she provides are useful. I also like that her Live Tile keeps me informed of need-to-know news updates and weather alerts. However, I don’t find myself using her management features a lot. The news she gathers feels rather redundant considering I have a Bing news app too. Also, I don’t often eat out, negating the use for her dinner recommendations.

Cortana is great, it’s just more useful to someone who lives a more active lifestyle then I do. When I’m in my home office I can rarely find her useful.

Extras

Windows Phone 8.1 introduced a lot of shocking changes, that have worked out far better than Cortana and Action Center. Trusted NFC apps have made pairing two devices or automatically opening apps every bit as useful as it is on Android. My Lumia 925 doesn’t have a place to insert SD cards, but Windows Phone 8.1 finally allows users to store apps and media there instead of just supporting internal storage.

By far, the biggest feature for Windows Phone 8.1 is all the integration with Windows 8.1, Microsoft’s operating system for desktops, laptops and 2-in-1s. Changing your Live Tile color and having it sync is great. Having all of your favorites and passwords sync is magical – if not slightly creepy some days. The Windows Phone 8.1 Update that Microsoft released to developers last week finally added folders so that users can group Live Tiles too. Users can add a third row of Live Tiles to their Start Screen, as well as a background image, making the Start Screen more personal.

A new file system finally lets users move media around on Windows Phone internally too. It’s another highly requested feature that I don’t find myself using often. Still, when I do i’m glad Microsoft added it. Being able to download music through the web browser and add it to my collection then and there is very convenient

Read: Windows Phone 8.1 Review – It’s an iPhone Killer, Almost

Performance

Microsoft stuffed so much into Windows Phone 8.1 and the Windows Phone 8.1 Update that it almost feels like a totally different operating system. The constant performance issues don’t hurt that perception either.

With Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 performance, was always something that you didn’t have to worry about. The only splash screens you saw were the loading screens for individual apps and games. Everything seemed so polished and seamless.

Things haven’t felt the same with Windows Phone 8.1 on the Lumia 925. What I have is a current build of the operating system. To be fair, that build doesn’t include a separate firmware update for my particular device, which could be causing some issues. Lag surfaces a lot for me lately, like when I’m pulling down to reveal the Action Center. Even worse are the resuming screens I now get when I simply unlock my Lumia 925. Scrolling from the top to bottom of the list reveals some lag.

As I understand it, firmware upgrades are crucial to Windows Phone 8.1, which is probably why I’m seeing these issues. It’s my hope that they go away as more firmware updates are released for the most popular Windows Phone devices. Theoretically, I wouldn’t see that lag on a more powerful device like the Lumia Icon, but I haven’t had an opportunity to test that theory.

With Windows Phone 8.1 and the Windows Phone 8.1 Update Microsoft has delivered an experience that’s at least finally comparable to the iPhone and Android in many ways that count. No, this update doesn’t magically stuff more quality apps in the Windows Phone Store, but Action Center, Cortana and Windows 8.1 integration were sorely needed. Hopefully, by the time it starts going out to more devices, there’ll be less lag.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Update On the Lumia 925: Impressions & Performance is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Top 5 Phones to Consider Before Buying the iPhone 5 [August, 2014]

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 23:16

Top 5 Phones to Consider Before Buying the iPhone 5 [August, 2014] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 5 is still an extremely solid smartphone and a device that consumers in the hunt should be taking a look at. However, before buying the iPhone 5 in this month, we highly recommend taking a look at these five top iPhone 5 competitors.

Apple’s iPhone 5 is no longer on sale through the Apple Store but that doesn’t mean that it’s not longer on sale. The iPhone 5 is still on sale through various retailers, eBay and Amazon being two retailers that still offer the iPhone 5, and it’s still a device that we think consumers should take a look at before buying their next smartphone.

The iPhone 5 iOS 7 update improved the device’s performance, its hardware is still solid, and the device will be getting Apple’s iOS 8 update in just a few short weeks. There is also a good chance that it will get iOS 9 though that remains unconfirmed. Point is, the iPhone 5 is still a device that’s worth investigating almost a year after it was first released.

That said, there are some devices that we think consumers need to take a look at before committing to the Apple iPhone 5 for the short term or even for the long term.

We are constantly bombarded with questions about which phones to buy. In particular, we’re constantly asked about the phones consumers should weigh against the iPhone 5 before buying it. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five.

These phones represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

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That said, here are the top five smartphones to consider before buying the iPhone 5 in August..

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The first device that you need to consider ahead of the iPhone 5 is the current iPhone flagship, the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5s features the same design as the iPhone 5 and the same 4-inch Retina Display but it trumps the iPhone 5 in just about every other key area.

Apple's iPhone 5s comes with a better camera, an improved A7 64-bit processor with M7 co-processor, Touch ID for added security, and some software features that simply did not come to the iPhone 5. It's one of the best smartphones available and now that it's older, we're starting to see some solid deals emerge. Important, because you're probably looking at the iPhone 5 because of its price tag.

Do yourself a favor and rule this phone out before buying a smartphone that's nearly two years old. The iPhone 5s is a better phone and it's going to live a much longer life.

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Top 5 Phones to Consider Before Buying the iPhone 5 [August, 2014] is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Problems Still Plague Users

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:27

Nexus 5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Problems Still Plague Users is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is still causing problems for select Nexus users and Nexus 5 users in particular are complaining about an assortment of Android 4.4.4 KitKat problems including issues with GPS, battery life problems, random reboots, slow charging, and more.

In June, Google rolled out two new Android 4.4 KitKat updates to Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4 users. The first was Android 4.4.3 KitKat, a bug fix update that tackled Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems and an update that also delivered a new look to the dialer and the People application. It was a huge update for Nexus smartphones and Nexus tablets.

Android 4.4.4 KitKat arrived a few days later though its impact wasn’t as significant. Android 4.4.4 KitKat, for Nexus users, was and is a small update with a security patch for an OpenSSL vulnerability. It’s an important update but it simply does not have the change log that came with the company’s Android 4.4.3 KitKat update.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat were both issued to improve the Android 4.4 KitKat experience and tackle lingering Android 4.4 KitKat problems. However, as we’ve pointed out, Google’s Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat both delivered problems of their own to Nexus users around the globe.

We continue to see a steady stream of complaints about Android 4.4.4 KitKat on Google’s Nexus Product Forums. And while there are complaints about Nexus 4 Android 4.4.4 problems and Nexus 7 Android 4.4.4 KitKat problems, the loudest complaints come from owners with the current version of the Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 5.

Nexus 5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat problems have been frustrating users since June and they continue to plague some Nexus 5 owners to this day. While some of these issues are minor, there are others appear to be hampering the overall experience on the Nexus 5, something that should never happen after an Android update.

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Owners of the Nexus 5 continue to complain about poor Android 4.4.4 KitKat battery life. Nexus 5 battery life has never been fantastic but it appears that Android 4.4.4 KitKat is having a negative affect on the charge on some devices. Nexus 5 owners are also complaining about slow charging, an issue that we ourselves noticed after installing Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

We still haven’t discovered a fix for the slow charging issues though users have reported success after trying some of our Nexus 5 battery life tips. They are not guaranteed to work but there is a chance that they will help stave off battery drain moving forward. It also might be worth booting up the Nexus 5 in safe mode to isolate any issues with third party apps.

To boot into safe mode, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the Nexus 5 screen is on and then press and hold the Power button.
  2. Touch and hold the Power off option in the box that pops up.
  3. Tap OK in the following dialog to run safe mode.

Other Nexus 5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat problems include various types of random reboots, issues with the camera, touchscreen problems, data connectivity issues, email crashes, wonky volume buttons, Google Music hiccups, Wi-Fi problems, and lingering GPS issues that seem to have carried over from Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The Nexus 5 GPS issues are more prevalent than the rest. Fortunately, thanks to a Google employee, Nexus 5 users have some potential fixes to try out before performing a hard reset:

1. Check for OS update

Make sure you’re on the latest version of the Android operating system (which as of this writing is 4.4.2) by visiting Settings > About phone > System updates. If you’re not running the current version of Android, update it and then check your GPS again.

2. Check for app updates

Double check that your apps are up to date by opening the Google Play Store app > My apps > Installed. Make sure that any apps you’ve been using with your GPS are up to date, then test your GPS.

3. Test your phone in safe mode
Try starting your device in safe mode and not running any apps you’ve installed to test if one of them is interfering with your GPS readout. If you don’t experience the problem while in safe mode that’s a good indication that an app you’ve installed is the source of your issue.

4. Reset your phone

Try resetting your device to see if the problem persists. After performing a reset, test your GPS before installing any other apps.

5. Check a GPS test app
Use a GPS testing app to ensure that your phone is connecting to GPS correctly. It’s important to test your GPS app only after eliminating other potential sources of GPS interference, so you should reset your device before testing it. Here’s how:

  1. Reset your phone by visiting Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset but don’t install any apps.
  2. Download and install a GPS test app such as GPS Status & Toolbox.
  3. Place your phone in airplane mode.
  4. Go outside and find a spot with a clear view of the sky.
  5. Reboot your phone.
  6. Open the GPS test app and see if it acquires satellites.

If the GPS test app results indicate that your phone is having trouble connecting to GPS, I suggest contacting the place you purchased your phone from and asking about warranty or repair service. If you purchased it directly from Google you can contact the Google Play Support Team here.

Unfortunately, many of these other issues don’t have permanent fixes. Others don’t even have temporary fixes and it’s not entirely clear when Google might attempt to fix them. Those unable to find a fix in those forum threads or through other means might consider wiping the Nexus 5 and starting fresh from scratch. Often times, this will dislodge problems. Users will, of course, want to back up their files.

With Android L on the way, there’s a good chance that we won’t see another Android 4.4 KitKat update between now and the arrival of Google’s next big update. And what this means is that Nexus 5 users and other Nexus users dealing with Android 4.4.4 KitKat problems, might have to rely on temporary fixes and the community to solve their issues.

And that’s precisely why we are bringing these issues up. To draw attention to them, to generate discussion and to hopefully point Nexus 5 users in the right direction ahead of Android L.

We know that Android L has the potential to fix at least one Nexus 5 problem but we expect the update to be chock full of bug fixes for Android 4.4.4 KitKat problems as Google works to stabilize its operating system.

The Android L release date is still unknown though rumors have pointed to an arrival alongside a new Nexus 8 tablet from HTC and perhaps, a new Nexus 6 smartphone from Motorola. The Nexus 6, if real, would likely replace the Nexus 5 as Google’s top Nexus smartphone. Both devices are expected to arrive in the fourth quarter.

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Nexus 5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Problems Still Plague Users is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Huge Moto X Deal Extended for Limited Time

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 17:13

Huge Moto X Deal Extended for Limited Time is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Moto X has some strong competition from the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, and HTC One M8, but none of them can compete with it when it comes to price. Over the past few months Moto X deals have came and gone, but this week the biggest one yet offering $125 in savings has been extended for those who’ve missed out.

Last month Motorola started offering a deal delivering $100 in savings for the Moto X, making it just $299 without a contract. Essentially being one of the best price/performance options available. A similar deal is also going on now for the Moto G.

Read: Moto X Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Hits the US

The Moto X was a surprise when it arrived in August of 2013 with nearly 18 different custom color options, accent colors, customizable wood backs, and even engravings, and now that it’s on sale it may be worth another look.

Over the past few months we’ve been hearing more and more reports of a new Motorola smartphone in the works to replace the original Moto X, which could be what has sparked all these deals. With that being said, if you’d rather not wait to see what else the company has planned with the new Moto X+1 (or Moto X2) this current Moto X deal is your best bet.

The original deal was expected to end on July 31st, but this week Motorola announced they’ve extended the deal until August 7th. Meaning buyers have another two days to decide if this is the right smartphone for them, at the right price.

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Until August 7th at midnight Motorola is offering the impressive Moto X from all major US carriers for just $299, contract free. This is $100 less than the usual $399 price tag for the 16GB version. At the same time, the deal also extends to all other variants available. The 32 and 64GB Moto X are both $125 off, delivering even bigger savings, making them the best choice.

As you can see above the 32GB model is $325 down from $450, and the best deal of them all is the 64GB Moto X is now less than the 16GB has been for the past 11 months, coming in at just $374. Buyers can’t find a 64GB Android smartphone running the latest Android 4.4 KitKat for that price anywhere, so this is pretty impressive.

As a reminder, the deal includes developer edition handsets, as well as complimentary customization through MotoMaker.com as usual. The custom Bamboo, Ebony, Teak, and Walnut wood backs are an extra $25.

Read: Moto X in Walnut Wood Hands-on Video

Again, the Moto X deal mentioned above ends at 11:59 EST on August 7th, so you have just less than two days to make up your mind on whether or not you’ll partake in this back to school summer sale.

Recently more reports have surfaced that a new Moto X+1 is coming at the end of the month, so users should either opt for this deal, or what to see what else is coming soon from Motorola. Rumors have it the Moto X+1 or Moto X2 will come with a bigger 5.2-inch 1080p HD display, up from 4.7-inches on the original. A new Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 12 megapixel camera, Android 4.4.4 KitKat, 2,900 mAh battery, and lastly dual front-facing speakers.

All the same customization features we’ve seen from Motorola will be included, and rumors suggest an array of new leather options will also be available at launch. The Moto X arrived in August of 2013, and we’re expecting something similar in 2014 for the successor, as well as the highly anticipated Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch.

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Huge Moto X Deal Extended for Limited Time is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 4 Release Confirmed by Samsung Invites

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:56

Galaxy Note 4 Release Confirmed by Samsung Invites is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch date is now confirmed for September 3rd thanks to a new invite that invites the media to an upcoming Unpacked event in New York City. The Unpacked event, which teases a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release, will take place just six days before Apple is expected to launch its new iPhone 6.

Today was a big day for two of the year’s more heavily rumored smartphones. Earlier today, the iPhone 6 launch date was all but confirmed for September 9th and now, we have a solid lead on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch date and the media event that should produce the company’s next Galaxy Note and iPhone 6 competitor.

The Galaxy Note 4 launch date will come just days before the iPhone 6 launch.

A media invite sent to Gotta Be Mobile confirms a Samsung Unpacked event for September 3rd. An image that accompanies the invitation confirms that it will be a Samsung Galaxy Note event and thus, a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch event. Galaxy Note 4 launch date rumors pegged the event for September 3rd and this invite confirms those whispers.

The company will be hosting its Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 launch event in three separate cities including New York City, Berlin, and Beijing. The United States, Europe and China are all key battlegrounds for smartphone manufacturers and it appears that Samsung is going to be taking the fight to companies like Apple in those key areas.

Samsung says that its Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 4 will be live streamed so that prospective buyers can view the announcement from the confines of their home or desk. Per usual, the company will offer a live feed on YouTube that will go live on the day of the event. The festivities are set to kick off at 9AM EST or 6AM PST.

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The S Pen is an integral part of the Note experience.

The confirmation comes just hours after a report from Recode all but confirmed the iPhone 6 launch date, expected to take place at an undetermined location on September 9th. The launches follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy Note 3 and iPhone 5s launches which took place just a few days from each other back in 2013.

It’s still not clear when the iPhone 6 release date or Galaxy Note 4 release date will take place. Rumors suggest that the iPhone 6 release could come on September 19th, a date that fits in with Apple’s iPhone release patterns, but that remains unconfirmed. Galaxy Note 4 release rumors have pointed to a quick arrival in an effort to take on the iPhone 6 though a date remains out of reach for the time being.

Apple’s iPhone 6 is expected to debut with larger screen sizes including a 5.5-inch model that could challenge the Galaxy Note 4 in the phablet space. Apple’s iPhone has traditionally been much smaller than Android devices like the Galaxy Note though it appears that will change in 2014. The company is also expected to deliver a 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

Both devices are rumored to be powerful smartphones with the Galaxy Note 4 expected to come equipped with a number of high-end features to challenge the competition.

Galaxy Note 4 rumors suggest that it will feature a 5.7-inch QHD display, a brand new design that could feature metal, an upgraded camera sensor with image stabilization technology, brand new software, a fingerprint reader, and more. The device is expected to launch on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon in the United States.

As for the iPhone 6, it’s expected to come with a brand new thin design, Touch ID, a new A8 processor with better performance, better screen resolution, and the company’s iOS 8 update. Apple’s iOS 8 update is expected to be released for older devices sometime in mid-September after the company takes it out of its beta program for developers.

Galaxy Note 4 Release Confirmed by Samsung Invites is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Nexus 7 vs. Nexus 8: 10 Things You Need to Know Right Now

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 23:39

Nexus 7 vs. Nexus 8: 10 Things You Need to Know Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Rumors suggest that Google has a new Nexus tablet up its sleeve, a device that’s being called both Nexus 8 and Nexus 9. With Nexus 8 rumors swirling, we want to take a look at the most important things current Nexus 7 users and prospective Nexus 7 buyers need to know about Google’s rumored successor.

The past two years saw Google release a brand new Nexus 7 tablet at the mid-year. In 2012, we saw the company issue the first Nexus tablet, the Nexus 7 2012, a device that ushered in the Android Jelly Bean era and a device that carried the Nexus banner into battle against devices like the Apple iPad mini and the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Last year, Google replaced the Nexus 7 2012 with a Nexus 7 2013, a souped up version of the Nexus 7 that improved upon the design, the display, the processor, the camera, and more. The Nexus 7 2012 was considered one of the best tablet options in its time and the Nexus 7 2013 remains one of the top tablet options more than a year after it was first released.

This summer is shaping up to be quite different. While we’ve seen Nexus tablet rumors swirl, we haven’t seen a Nexus tablet release. Google I/O came and went without any Nexus news and the month of July, the scene of the last two Nexus tablet launches, proved fruitless. That doesn’t mean that we won’t see a Nexus tablet release this year though.

Nexus 8 rumors (other are calling it Nexus 9) have teased with tales of a new Nexus tablet. These Nexus 8 rumors have been extremely exciting because they point to some significant changes to Google’s popular Nexus slate.

Details are still a bit scarce but we think have enough information and enough history with Google’s Nexus program to make an early Nexus 7 vs Nexus 8 comparison. Here are the 10 most important things that prospective Nexus 7 buyers and current Nexus 7 users need to know about the upcoming Nexus 8 tablet.

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The first thing that you need to know, if you’re debating between the Nexus 7 and waiting for the Nexus 8, is that the Nexus 7 is still one of the best tablets on the market.

Google’s Nexus 7 is still a solid choice thanks to its hardware, which includes a quad-core processor and beautiful 7-inch full HD display, its software which is now powered by Google’s Android 4.4.3 (Nexus 7 LTE) and Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates, and a price tag that has been in decline for several months now. It’s one of the iPad mini with Retina Display’s top competitors and a device that is still worth buying into.

The Nexus 7 is still available at select retailers and we highly suggest going hands-on with it before making a decision. If you’re unable to do that, have a look at our Nexus 7 review.

Probably Not Coming Back to Google Play

You may have heard. Most of the Nexus 7 variants have disappeared from the Google Play Store. While the Nexus 7 32GB Wi-Fi + Mobile Data unlocked model is still on sale, the others are not. Google says that it’s currently out of inventory and that consumers should check back soon.

We’ve seen this message before. It popped up several weeks ago for the Nexus 10 and it popped up when the company killed off the Nexus 4 in September ahead of the Nexus 5 release. When this message pops up, there is a very good chance that the device won’t be coming back, even if Google says to keep checking back on inventory.

What this means is that if you’re into the Nexus 7, you’re likely going to have to buy through a retailer. We suggest calling ahead of time to make sure stock is available. As we head deeper into the year, stock could start to fluctuate.

Nexus 7 Deals

You should also avoid paying full price for the Nexus 7 if you choose not to wait for the Nexus 8. We’ve seen a ton of Nexus 7 deals emerge in recent weeks, deals that have dropped the price down to incredible lows. Sure, you might have to settle for a refurbished model, but refurbished models are going to be pretty close to new.

At this point, given that it’s over a year old, it’s worth investigating deals before paying full price.

Nexus 8 Release Looking Good

Google hasn’t confirmed it yet but a Nexus 8 release is looking good for 2014. In the past seven months, we’ve seen numerous rumors point to a new Nexus tablet for 2014 and Android Police, a credible source when it comes to Android rumors, detailed a number of very specific pieces to the puzzle several weeks ago.

Is this the Nexus 8?

The well sourced and now retired evleaks also claims that HTC and Google are developing a new Nexus tablet dubbed “flounder” and “volantis.” He believes that two other HTC tablets could emerge alongside the Nexus 8 or as he calls it, the Nexus 9.

What you need to know is that these are credible sources and credible rumors that are backed by a number of other leaks and reports. Unless something changes behind the scenes, we’re expecting a Nexus 8 tablet to come and replace the Nexus 7 later on this year.

Something to think about before diving in with the Nexus 7.

Expect to Wait

Nexus 7 users looking to upgrade and those looking to physically compare the two tablets are likely in for a bit of a wait. Nexus 8 release rumors suggest that it will be coming out in the fourth quarter (October, November, December). Rumors have also hinted at an earlier arrival in Q3 though with Nexus 8 rumors slowing down, we’re not convinced.

As we’ve noted, the rumored Q4 release date fits in perfectly with what we’ve seen from past Nexus launches and what we’ve heard about the Android L update release. Android L, Google’s next Android update, is rumored to be coming out alongside the Nexus 8 tablet in the fourth quarter.

With Nexus 6 rumors putting a new Nexus smartphone in November, we could potentially see Google release two brand new Nexus products alongside the Android L update to combat the iPhone and iPad.

We’re getting closer to a Nexus 8 release but it still appears to be beyond the horizon.

Nexus 8 Display

The Nexus 8 display could be one of the key differences between the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 8. The Nexus 7 features a 7-inch full HD display. Here’s how we described it in our review:

When it comes to the Nexus 7 display the 1920 x 1080 resolution delivers a very nice looking canvas to read, browse the web game and watch movies. The high-resolution and small screen mean users experience a display with pixels packed so close that it is not possible to see individual pixels while reading, looking at photos and watching movies.

Nexus 8 rumors point to a larger, better display. Right now, we’re hearing that the Nexus 8 will come with a brand new 8.9-inch 2048 x 1440 display with a 4:3 aspect ratio. If true, it would mean better looking content and more screen real estate for gaming, getting work done on the go, watching movies, and reading books.

If you’re not enamored with the Nexus 7 display, know that there is a very good chance that the Nexus 8 will come with something different.

Nexus 8 Design

Design could be another big change. The Nexus 7 comes with a solid black matte plastic design that’s thin, durable and easy to hold, all good things. The Nexus 8 design is rumored to be much different, however.

According to the latest credible rumors, the Nexus 8 will sport a brand new aluminum design. Its zero-gap aluminum unibody design will reportedly be similar to the one found on the HTC One M8. The render below from Android Police offers a glimpse at what the Nexus 8 could look like.

Nexus 8 render based on rumors.

The Nexus 8 will supposedly measure 8.91? x 5.98? x 0.31? (7.8mm thin) and weigh in at around 418 grams. The LTE model will reportedly be a tad bit heavier and check in around 427 grams. That’s a lot heavier than the plastic Nexus 7 and a lot heavier than the iPad mini which weighs just 341 grams. It is, however, thinner than the Nexus 7 design.

Google’s new tablet will also reportedly come with front-facing speakers, a hallmark of the HTC One, and a feature that will provide better quality audio for movies, gaming and more. The Nexus 7 does not feature front-facing speakers. The Nexus 7′s speakers are nice but they still left something to be desired.

Nexus 8 Specs

If you’re familiar with the Nexus program then you know that these devices are considered “reference devices” for Android manufacturers. In other words, they’re built to show what Android can do.

So, every year, Google swaps out specifications for newer and better features. The company typically focuses in on the design, display, processor and the camera. And that’s exactly what we’ve seen from Nexus 8 rumors.

In addition to the design and display changes, the Nexus 8 is rumored to feature new rear and front-facing cameras. While the Nexus 7 arrived with a 5MP camera and a 1.2MP camera up front, Google’s new tablet is thought to have an 8MP camera sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a 3MP front-facing camera. OIS helps to cut down on the shakiness in videos.

As far as the processor is concerned, Nexus 8 rumors have consistently pointed to a new processor, perhaps 64-bit in nature. Android L comes with support 64-bit architecture which makes the inclusion of a 64-bit chip is very likely.

Specifically, Nexus 8 is said to utilize a 64-bit NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor (Tegra K1). This information is backed by an early leak from Myce that pointed to an NVIDIA-powered tablet. The new processor will reportedly be supported by 2GB of RAM, something that would help to offer enhanced performance in key areas.

Jargon aside, the Nexus 8, if there is a Nexus 8, should outperform the Nexus 7.

Similar Software

You should know that these two Nexus tablets will likely share software features. Android L is heading to the Nexus 7 2013 and there is a good chance that it will be the software that powers the Nexus 8. The Nexus 8 could come with some different features but we expect the Nexus 7 to get most of what Android L has to offer.

Keep in mind, Google adheres to an 18 month rule when it comes to software upgrades. What this means is that devices typically don’t get updates once they cross the 18 month mark. The Nexus 7 is in good shape, it just hit the 12 month mark, but it’s simply not going to have the longevity that the Nexus 8 should have if and when it arrives.

Nexus 8 Price

Finally, you should know that you might have to pay more for the Nexus 8.

Last year’s Nexus 7 checks in at $230 though as we’ve pointed out, Nexus 7 deals have helped to chip away at that price point. Nexus 8 rumors on the other hand put the device on the same level as the iPad mini with Retina display.

Google is reportedly throwing around two different price points: $399 for the 16GB version and $499 for the 32GB version of the tablet. This is far more expensive than the previous two Nexus tablets and it’s on par with the current iPad mini price. While an exact price isn’t known, a 4G LTE Nexus 8 could come with a price tag upwards of $600.

We saw Google push the price of the Nexus 7 2013 up from the original Nexus 7 and with a metal design and new specifications rumored to be on board, we could see the company push the cost up a little more to make ends meet.

Nothing is set in stone but at this point, know that the Nexus 7 could be hundreds of dollars cheaper than the Nexus 8.

Nexus 7 vs. Nexus 8: 10 Things You Need to Know Right Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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LG G3 Stylus Leaks to Battle the Galaxy Note 4

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:21

LG G3 Stylus Leaks to Battle the Galaxy Note 4 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Months ahead of the official LG G3 announcement back in May rumors were running wild that the company had multiple new smartphones in the works for 2014, and two of them have already been announced. However, a newer, bigger LG G3 Stylus may be coming soon to battle the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

With the new LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5 both readily available to buyers around the globe, consumers may be looking forward to what else is coming later this year. One of course is the often rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 4, expected to be revealed in September and released sometime in October, and now it looks like LG may be preparing something to compete with what’s next from Samsung.

Read: 10 Best LG G3 Cases

Last month the LG G3 finally arrived for buyers in the United States, but it was quickly followed by a smaller 5-inch LG G3 Mini, also known as the LG G3 Beat. A new commercial released by LG is showing off it’s latest Mini phone, but it’s what’s at the end that should have buyers excited.

The Samsung Galaxy Note series has been extremely popular over the past few years, and if all rumors and previous releases are accurate, the new Galaxy Note 4 is coming sometime next month. While the new LG G3 comes with a large 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display, the company is seemingly preparing another phone aimed at taking on Samsung’s Note 4.

Shown in the image above, and at the end of the video below, is the new LG G3, the LG G3 Beat (Mini) and an unknown device they’re calling the LG G3 Stylus. From the image it appears to be a bigger smartphone than the current flagship G3, meaning the company could have a 5.7-inch or bigger smartphone in the works.

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Read: LG G3 Review

Thus far we’ve yet to hear any reports, rumors, or leaks about a new LG smartphone with a built-in stylus, but here LG has prematurely outed the new smartphone a bit early.

Without getting into it to much, since it’s a mystery handset for now, we’ll let you watch the ridiculous new LG G3 Beat commercial below, but pay attention at the end.

With a name like the LG G3 “Stylus” one can only assume this smartphone is aimed at Samsung’s incoming Galaxy Note 4, but this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a stylus-touting device from LG. That being said, the company is clearly aiming for Samsung as of late, and a new smartphone geared at taking on whatever is next from Samsung seems likely.

The video doesn’t reveal much aside from the name and size of the device. Quickly showing off the trio of smartphones with the stylus sliding out of the top of the LG G3 Stylus, but that’s all we know at this point. From the looks of things it will feature the same large HD display, or one bigger, rear-facing buttons, the latest version of Android and more, but we did notice the camera was missing LG’s new laser auto-focus. Which means this could be a budget device.

For now it’s too early to tell exactly what LG has in store, but if this video is anything to go on the company could be preparing a new, larger, faster LG G3 Stylus in hopes of competing with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 sometime this fall. This is the first sighting for the new LG G3 Stylus, but we can expect additional details to surface in the coming weeks or months.

LG G3 Stylus Leaks to Battle the Galaxy Note 4 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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New Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Release Date Confirmed

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:08

New Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Release Date Confirmed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

An upcoming HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update release date has been confirmed days ahead of the OTA as HTC works to upgrade its flagship with the bug fixes and enhancements that come with Google’s Android 4.4.3 KitKat update for Android 4.4 KitKat.

In June, Google rolled out Android 4.4.3 KitKat, a bug fix update aimed at quelling Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems on Nexus devices and other Android smartphones and tablets running Android 4.4.2 KitKat. And while the company rolled out an Android 4.4.4 KitKat update later in the month with a new security patch attached to it, HTC opted to continue the Android 4.4.3 KitKat roll out with that Android 4.4.4 KitKat patch on board.

The past few weeks have seen several HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates roll out. The company also started rolling out the HTC One M7 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update though that update is not as prevalent as the HTC One M8. The HTC One M7 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update remains limited to the Developer Edition.

HTC recently confirmed several HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat upgrades for the near future with T-Mobile HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat and AT&T HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update slated to arrive in August. AT&T’s HTC One M8 update is supposedly going to roll out in mid-August while the T-Mobile HTC One M8 update could roll out a little sooner than that.

HTC’s Mo Versi continues to keep HTC One users in the loop in regards to Android 4.4.3 KitKat and a short time ago, he issued a very specific release date for the T-Mobile HTC One M8 version of the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update. Versi says that the company received approval from T-Mobile and that the update is now scheduled for a August 11th OTA. Given that the update has received approval, this Android 4.4.3 release date is expected to hold for T-Mobile HTC One M8 users.

The AT&T HTC One M8 update, also scheduled for mid-August, has not been setup with a specific date though it could potentially emerge in and around the same date. Versi will likely confirm those details through his Twitter account.

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For the moment, the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 are the only HTC devices confirmed to be getting Android 4.4.3 KitKat. The company hasn’t confirmed the update for any other devices. With an Android L update from Google in the works for later this year, it’s possible that HTC will simply opt to skip Android 4.4.3 KitKat for devices like the HTC One Max and HTC One mini and move right into Android L.

HTC is just one of a few manufacturers making a strong push to deliver bug fixes for Android 4.4.2 KitKat bug problems. Both Motorola and Sony are in the midst of  massive Android 4.4.4 KitKat roll outs, roll outs that have already landed for many of their big name smartphones. Motorola and Sony are also expected to make a strong Android 4.4.4 pushes in August ahead of the Android L update.

There are, however, several companies that remain inactive. LG and Samsung, for instance, have yet to confirm any Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat upgrades for their top smartphones and tablets. Rumors did point to a couple of Galaxy Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates but Samsung continues to push out Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates to Galaxy devices like the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2.

LG and Samsung also remain silent about upcoming Android L updates. HTC has confirmed Android L for its HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 within 90 days of Google’s public release. The Android L release is expected to arrive sometime later this year, possibly in the fourth quarter alongside a new Nexus 8 tablet and a new Nexus 6 smartphone from Motorola.

New Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Release Date Confirmed is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Kindle Fire Sale Brings Huge Discount to Amazon’s Flagship Tablet

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:00

Kindle Fire Sale Brings Huge Discount to Amazon’s Flagship Tablet is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Amazon is holding a one-day sale for its premium Kindle Fire HDX tablet, where buyers can get up to $130 off when they buy the tablet today.

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch tablet is on sale for as low as $299 for the 32GB WiFi-only model. This is a whopping $130 off the normal $430 price tag.

As for the 16GB and 64GB models of the 8.9-inch Amazon tablet, the company is selling them for $319 and $419 respectively, but seeing how the 32GB version is $20 cheaper than the 16GB model, there’s no reason to not get the 32GB Kindle Fire HDX.

Of course, $299 price tag is with Special Offers intact. You’ll have to pay an extra $15 in order to get it without Special Offers. With Special Offers, you’ll see advertisements here and there, but you certainly can’t beat the price. If you can handle the occasional ad, $299 is a decent price for Amazon’s flagship tablet, and it’s pretty much an instant buy considering you’re only paying that much dough for something that you’ll get a ton of use out of if you rely heavily on Amazon’s ecosystem.

The Kindle Fire HDX is still relatively new, and it comes with some impressive specs. Perhaps its most impressive feature is the 2560×1600 display that provides a crisp and sharp image with a higher pixel density than the iPad.

There’s also the new customer service feature only on the Kindle Fire HDX called Mayday, which allows you to get on the horn with an Amazon customer service rep in under 15 seconds if you’re ever having trouble navigating around your device. Mayday allows you to video chat with a representative, but they won’t be able to see you. Instead, they will be able to see your Kindle Fire HDX screen and can guide you through any steps that you need taken through, or fix any problems you may be having.

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Of course, this isn’t the first time this year that Kindle tablets have been on sale. Amazon has provided a ton of deals already this year on its tablets, and it also discounted its tablets and ereaders several times last year in December and November for the holiday shopping season, where you could get the entry-level ereader for $49. Overall, the company has never been shy about discounting its own hardware.

In fact, just yesterday, Amazon discounted its flagship ereader, the Kindle Paperwhite, down to an impressive $99. The Kindle Paperwhite costs twice as much as Amazon’s entry-level Kindle ereader, but the features are there to justify the cost a bit. The device includes a front-lit LED display, which means that the device lights up the screen from the front instead of the back like most LCD panels do. This prevents eye strain when reading at night.

Of course, some of the biggest advantages of an ereader like the Paperwhite is that the battery lasts a long time. Amazon says that a single charge on the Paperwhite can last up to eight weeks (based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at ten). The same can’t be said for tablets, which usually only last a day or two depending on the amount of usage.

Ereaders also don’t come with any glare in bright sunlight, making them great for reading on the beach. This is thanks to the e-ink display that uses an entirely different type of screen technology than smartphones and tablets, and also uses up way less battery juice, allowing the device to last for weeks on end.

You can usually take advantage of Kindle hardware sales throughout the year, so there’s almost no reason to not wait for a good deal on a Kindle tablet or ereader, and this certainly won’t be the last time we see a Kindle deal this year, as Black Friday and the general holiday shopping season will be full of Kindle deals.

Kindle Fire Sale Brings Huge Discount to Amazon’s Flagship Tablet is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 6 Rumor Breakdown

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 23:02

Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 6 Rumor Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Samsung Galaxy S3 users that have come off contract or are coming off contract later this year are likely weighing their smartphone options. One of those options is likely the iPhone 6, the new iPhone release that’s expected to touch down later this year. While we don’t have all of the details, we have enough to offer an early look at the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S3.

Two years ago, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was one of the best devices available. And thanks to its design, its hardware specs, and its software, many Galaxy S3 owners have been able to keep their Galaxy S3 through the duration of their two-year contracts.

With the Galaxy S3 now officially two years old, many Galaxy S3 users are coming off of those contracts looking for something new. And while there are certainly a number of enticing Android smartphones out right now, the Galaxy S5 and LG G3 in particular, there are several devices just over the horizon that Galaxy S3 users are likely taking a look at.

One of those devices is the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note 4 is the rumored successor to the Galaxy Note 3 and it’s a device that’s expected to make its debut on September 3rd in Berlin, Germany. Another device is the iPhone 6, a device that’s rumored to be equipped with a number of powerful features including a larger display that’s meant to keep pace with the current breed of Android smartphones.

Galaxy S3 users who are in the hunt for a new device have come to the right place. Here, we want to take a look at how the latest iPhone 6 rumors stack up against the Galaxy S3. This comparison isn’t meant to belittle the Galaxy S3 in any way, rather, it’s meant to show the potential upgrades Galaxy S3 users might get if they opt for the iPhone 6 over something else.

From where we’re sitting, the rumored iPhone 6 is a smartphone that’s going to be hard for Galaxy S3 users to dismiss. In fact, in the past few weeks, we’ve been inundated with questions concerning the iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S3. Consumers want to know if it’s going to be worth an upgrade.

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We can’t answer that question just yet as we’ve only been able to go hands on with iPhone 6 cases and models, not the iPhone 6 itself. What we can do is outline the important things to know right now about the rumored iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S3.

Design

Two years ago, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was in possession of one of the best smartphone designs money could buy. We’ve seen a lot of progress in those two years as companies have worked to improve their designs. So, it should come as no surprise to learn that the iPhone 6 design will likely feature some significant differences.

While the Galaxy S3 is made out of polycarbonate plastic, the iPhone 6 design is expected to be made out of high-end aluminum. The iPhone 6 design will likely include more metal than the iPhone 5s, ditching the glass top and bottom parts on the back of the phone for a full metal back cover with a cut out Apple logo on the back.

The iPhone 6 design is also rumored to be thin, perhaps as thin as 7mm, and feature a taller and wider footprint to accommodate a larger display. The display is rumored to be made out of Sapphire to protect the front of the design from harm. Sources are still back and forth on the use of sapphire but they agree on the big change to the device’s overall look and feel.

Apple’s new iPhone Apple’s is rumored to have the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that came with the iPhone 5s. While Samsung’s Galaxy S5 does come with a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, the Galaxy S3 does not and it features a standard physical home button that is used strictly for navigation.

Simulated usage shows this iPhone 6 design is small enough and easy enough to hold for one-hand use.

Unfortunately, the iPhone 6 itself has yet to leak and there is a good chance that Apple will clamp down on full blown leaks until its announcement. We’ve been able to go hands on with Spigen’s upcoming iPhone 6 case and the video below will give you a pretty good idea about what to expect from the iPhone 6 design. The mockup is based on rumors but there is a good chance that Spigen is armed with inside info.

To get a better idea about how the iPhone 6 might look, take a look at the iPhone 6 concept video below. This iPhone 6 concept is based on recent iPhone 6 rumors and it offers a glimpse at what the real version could look like when it arrives later on this year.

Those want to go a little more in depth can check out our comparison below which runs down the differences between the plastic Galaxy S3 and the new iPhone design.

With that in mind, here are the key design takeaways, thus far, for Galaxy S4 users and prospective Galaxy S4 buyers:

  • iPhone 6 will undoubtedly feature a more premium design. The Galaxy S3′s glossy polycarbonate plastic is outdated and can’t compete with the iPhone 5 let alone the iPhone 5s.
  • Apple’s iPhone 6 will likely feature Touch ID. The Galaxy S3 doesn’t come with the same kind of security.
  • The iPhone 6 could be thinner than the Galaxy S3 which measures 8.6mm.
  • While iPhone 6 rumors suggest Apple will include a more water-friendly design, they stop short of a waterproof iPhone. The Galaxy S3 isn’t water resistant or dust resistant either.
  • The Galaxy S3 features a removable back and microSD card slot for expanded storage beyond the internals and the cloud. There’s a good chance that the iPhone 6 won’t.
Display

When the Samsung Galaxy S3 first came out, its display was heralded as one of the best smartphone displays on the market. The 4.8-inch HD (720p) display provided fantastic looking games, movies and books. Of course, technology has passed it by and nowadays Android smartphones feature Quad HD or 1440p resolution.

iPhone 6 rumors continue to suggest that Apple will increase the size of the iPhone display and the screen resolution to better compete with Android smartphones.

Rumors point to a brand new higher-resolution Retina Display that measures 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. Apple’s iPhone 6 will reportedly deliver a 4.7-inch screen with a 1704 x 960 resolution that delivers a 416 ppi experience. This, if true, would make for better looking content and a better looking iOS 8 experience. It would also be a significant upgrade from the Galaxy S3.

A 4.8-inch Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display.

The increase in display size will likely mean an increase in the overall size of the iPhone though it may not be as significant as you’d think. Leaks continue to point to a wider, taller iPhone though the 4.7-inch model may not be that much bigger than the iPhone 5s. In the video below, we take a look at how the device could compare to the current iPhone design.

By thinning out the bezels and making a few other tweaks, Apple could limit the overall size difference and keep the iPhone compact and easy to use with one hand. This would keep it on par with the design of the Galaxy S3, a design that’s very easy to use with one hand.

Apple appears to be planning two new iPhone models and the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 appears to be much larger than the 4.7-inch variant. Thus, it could be much bigger than the Galaxy S3. How much bigger? It’s hard to say at this point.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • The Galaxy S3 display is big and beautiful and it’s still great for watching movies and playing games but it’s simply not on par with the displays of 2014. Expect the iPhone 6 display to best it.
  • iPhone 6 will likely come with at least one large screen size, possibly two. One a little smaller than Galaxy S3, the other larger.
  • Larger screen means larger iPhone, but maybe not by much.
Specs

While the display and design will likely be in focus on the iPhone 6, Apple’s brand new iPhone release will come equipped with a number of other specifications to help bolster its spec sheet.

Here, we put the latest rumors together. Keep in mind, this is a partial spec sheet but it should give you an idea about what to expect from the iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S3.

iPhone 6 Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor (U.S.)
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 4.8-inch HD (720p) display
  • 16GB / 32GB storage options
  • 1.9MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 2,100 mAh battery
  • 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz Wi-Fi
  • NFC

Here’s what to focus on here:

  • The iPhone 6′s camera will likely trump the Galaxy S3′s and if anything, will be more on par with the Galaxy S5′s. Rumors point to a camera between 8MP and 13MP with Optical Image Stabilization.
  • Samsung’s Galaxy S3 does not come with a 64-bit chip and its Snapdragon S4 is now extremely outdated. Apple’s A8 chip with M8 co-processor will likely do the same though given that the chip is newer, we imagine there will be a distinct difference between the two in favor of the iPhone 6. Look for Apple’s phone to be more powerful.

Samsung lets you add memory and swap batteries, but the iPhone 6 won’t likely match this feature.

  • Don’t be fooled by the difference in battery size. Apple’s iPhones always deliver high-quality battery life and thanks to the new processor and other tweaks, the iPhone 6 could best the Galaxy S3 in terms of battery performance.
  • NFC is a feature that’s been on Android phones for years but never on the iPhone. NFC on the Phone 6 would enable mobile payments but this feature is still far from confirmed.
Software

The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs Google’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat update but as is the case with most of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets, it runs a heavily modified version of it.

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 utilizes a UI called TouchWiz. TouchWiz is a skin that Samsung puts over its smartphones. It offers a different look and it offers features that are only found on Samsung devices.

To get an idea about what TouchWiz looks and feels like on the Galaxy S3, have a look at the video below.

Apple’s iPhone 6 will not run Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Instead, the device should come with the iOS 8 update that Apple promised to iPhone and iPad owners back at WWDC 2014 in June.

iOS 8, currently available to developers in beta form, doesn’t look a whole lot different than iOS 7 but it will come with a number of notable changes including improved Notifications and improvements to photos. The video below shares one of the key features coming inside the iOS 8 update. Apple has packed over 100 new features inside of iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 should get all of them.

Here’s what’s important

  • iOS and Android offer different looks and feature sets though both are extremely powerful. Software is an extremely personal decision and while some people love iOS, others prefer Android. Take a deep dive into both before settling.
  • The Galaxy S3 is now two years old. Samsung tends to offer 24 months of Android software support before pulling the plug. In other words, Android 4.4.2 KitKat could be its last update. The iPhone 6 should get three years of support at least.
Price

The new iPhone release it will almost certainly be more expensive. Rumors tell us that if Apple does release two iPhone models, the larger iPhone 6 will be more expensive than the 4.7-inch model. Analysts continue to point to a $100 price difference between the two with rumors hinting at $199.99 and $299.99 price points.

If you’re thinking about upgrading from the Galaxy S3 to the iPhone 6, be prepared to shell out some cash. iPhone 6 deals likely won’t arrive until Black Friday, if they even arrive in 2014 at all.

Release Date

Those weighing the Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 6 are going to have to wait a few more weeks (at least) to make a decision on an upgrade.

iPhone 6 release date rumors center around the month of September. The latest iPhone 6 release rumors once again put the larger 5.5-inch model outside of the initial launch date with a launch potentially coming in 2015 rather than in 2014. This differs from most rumors which put both devices inside the current year, ahead of the holidays.

While the 5.5-inch model could be delayed, sources agree that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be out ahead of the holiday shopping season. September 19th has been thrown around as a possible release date as has September 25th. These will likely be some of the final dominoes that fall into place ahead of the device’s launch later this year.

As we’ve pointed out several times, right now is a perfect time for consumers to start preparing for the iPhone 6 release date.

Quick Advice

If you’re looking to upgrade the Galaxy S3, wait until the iPhone 6 comes out. Not only will it be a top notch option, it should also drive the price of other big name devices down.

Retailers will almost certainly push the prices of the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and perhaps the LG G3 down to better compete with the iPhone 6, a device that should sell a million times over after it’s release.

Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 6 Rumor Breakdown is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Use the LG G3 as a Remote Control

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 22:40

How to Use the LG G3 as a Remote Control is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Just like the LG G2 last year and a few phones from other manufacturers, the all new LG G3 is packed full of features. One of which is using your new smartphone as a remote control. The LG G3 is extremely powerful and can do a lot of things, and here we’ll show you how to set it up to control your entire TV and living room experience.

The new LG G3 has tons of extremely impressive specs and features, like the 13 megapixel laser auto-focus camera, but taking great photos isn’t all it can do. If you want to control your TV they’ve enabled a few easy ways for you to do so.

Read: How to Take a Screenshot on the LG G3

Like most traditional TV remotes, there is an IR blaster on the top of the LG G3 for sending all the signals. This will let you control your HDTV, cable box and other home theater equipment with ease. The included app works wonderfully, rather than a 3rd party download like Samsung’s offering, so lets check it out.

The LG G2 and a few of LG’s other recent smartphones and tablets all have this feature, but it’s getting better and better with each update. Not only can you setup your LG G3 as a remote, but you can make custom options for each room based on the equipment you have, as well as a quick access panel right in the notification pulldown bar to always have it at your disposal while you’re lounging on the couch.

It’s extremely easy to setup and use, so read on for a few simply instructions, screenshots, and our how to video below.

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In order to use your LG G3 as a remote control you’ll want to start by opening the built-in “Quick Remote” app, which is likely on the 3rd page of apps unless you’ve downloaded a lot of content. We’ll show you everything below.

Go to Apps -> Quick Remote -> Pick a room -> Tap on + -> Add a remote control. From here you’ll see the same as we’re showing below, which lets you choose between a TV, Cable Box, Audio equipment (like my Mcintosh receiver) or even a universal remote option. Set which room you’d like to use, and get started.

The app will then let you choose the TV brand of choice, or let you search if you have some off-brand like Insignia. Then once you’ve selected your TV of choice it will start with powering on the device. You’ll get on-screen instructions for everything, and it will cycle through codes until one works. Not all TV’s use the same code. Then you’ll do the same thing for mute, and possibly for input selection, and you’re done. Once you are all finished you’re set, and can control your TV with ease.

The same steps can be followed for your Cable Box from DirecTV, Cox, or Comcast, or anyone else for that matter. Without trying to explain it all too much, just give our quick how to video below a watch and you’ll be up and running in no time.

One of our favorite features from the LG G2 carried over to the LG G3, and was copied by Samsung with the Galaxy S5 and the Peel remote, and this is adding a quick access to the remote right in the notification bar. As shown in the video above pull down the notification bar and hit the “Quick Remote” circle in the sea of icons, and you’ll have an easy way to access your remote with a single swipe.

Read: 51 LG G3 Tips & Tricks (Must Read)

This may not be available on default so pull down the notification bar and where WiFi, Bluetooth, and other options are, slide to the far right. Select Edit, scroll down and make sure Quick Remote is checked. Then slide it to the area you’d like. I have mine as #3 on the list so it’s always one tap away.

That’s it. You’re all set. This is an awesome way to make sure you are always in control of the TV, even when someone else loses the remote. We’ve all been there, and LG is here to the rescue.

How to Use the LG G3 as a Remote Control is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Could Be Faster Than the 4.7-Inch Version

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 17:36

5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Could Be Faster Than the 4.7-Inch Version is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you need a better reason than just a larger screen to get the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, then it may help that the new device could come with a faster processor than the 4.7-inch version.

According to Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri, the larger iPhone 6 with its behemoth 5.5-inch display could possibly receive a faster processor than the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model. This would mean that not only would buyers benefit from a larger screen, but they would also get faster performance as well, most notably with graphic-intensive games.

Details on the differences between the processors that could be used were not given, unfortunately, but Arcuri thinks that the difference could be more than just an increase in the speed of the processor. In other words, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6′s processor could include a larger die, which would mean more room for graphics processing hardware.

Apple has mostly just used the same processor across iPhones and iPads, with the current generation being a good example. The Apple A7 processor in the iPhone 5s is clocked at 1.3 GHz. The iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display have the exact same chip as well, but the iPad Air is clocked at a slightly faster 1.4GHz.

If the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 does end up coming with a faster processor, it could add an interesting new twist to the decision-making process for buyers when it comes down to deciding on the 4.7-inch or the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 come September.

The iPhone 6 is expected to announced and launched at some point next month, but exact dates are still yet to be decided on. Several rumors point to a September 19 launch date, but we’ll have to take that with a grain of salt for now.

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The iPhone 6 will most likely be a huge improvement over the iPhone 5s, coming with an all-new design with rounded edges, a faster processor, and a better camera. Past reports have said that there will be plenty of units in stock when the device officially launches, which will be a welcomed change from last year when the iPhone 5s was extremely low in inventory.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple plans to produce between 70-80 million iPhone 6s leading up to the device’s launch day, and this number is split between the two rumored models of the upcoming phone, the 4.7-inch model and the larger 5.5-inch variant.

For comparison, Apple ordered somewhere between 50-60 million units for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, split between the two devices. As you might have remembered, the iPhone 5s experience extreme shortages, with Apple stores and carrier stores coming with very limited stock, and very few stores having the new gold model available.

These numbers from the Wall Street Journal are a little higher than the predicted production numbers from a Taiwanese report from earlier this month, where it was said that Apple was planning to produce just below 70 million units.

Either way, that’s still a lot of iPhones. Apple sold 51 million iPhones during Q1 2014, which was the three-month period from October to December of 2013. While these numbers include combined sales of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 4s, it’s safe to say that a majority of that number were iPhone 5s units. Still, this puts into perspective just how much 70-80 million is, and Q1 2014 was one of Apple’s busiest quarters ever.

Then again, we’re not surprised by such a large number. It seems Apple wants to be cautious and prepare for demand by producing a large number of iPhones in preparation for the iPhone 6?s launch in September. We’re also guessing that the Cupertino company wants to avoid having another launch like the iPhone 5s, where there were extremely limited supply of the device.

Another thing to keep in mind is that this huge order of 70-80 million units is most likely to just be the first batch of many orders to come. This first order will most likely be reserved for launch day inventory, while future orders will be meant for holiday shoppers later in the year.

5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Could Be Faster Than the 4.7-Inch Version is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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LG G3 vs iPhone 6 Video: 5 Key Differences

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 17:10

LG G3 vs iPhone 6 Video: 5 Key Differences is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The LG G3 is one of the best Android phones on the market. With a beautiful display and sharp design there are already many shoppers comparing the LG G3 vs iPhone 6 rumors to figure out which phone is the best one to buy in 2014. We’ll take a look at the Verizon LG G3 and an iPhone 6 mock-up to show you how the two devices compare in size and in rumored features to help you decide.

Although we don’t own a working iPhone 6 at this time, we can compare an iPhone 6 mock-up and iPhone 6 rumors with a Verizon LG G3 that is on store shelves now. This is the same device available on multiple U.S. carriers, although the included apps vary by carrier.

Learn how the LG G3 vs iPhone 6 comparison stacks up using a new G3 and iPhone 6 rumors.

It’s clear the LG G3 is an amazing Android smartphone that offers software features that the iPhone 6 won’t unless Apple delivers a big surprise in September. Combine this with a large 5.5-inch 2k display that delivers impressive detail and you’ll understand why this deserves a comparison to the rumored iPhone 6.

After a minor update last year the iPhone 6 design is all new for 2014, and there is a bigger screen and new features packed in as well. This is the second time Apple will increase the iPhone screen size. We’ll compare a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 mock-up to the LG G3 today. Apple may also sell a iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display in 2014 as well.

Read: 51 LG G3 Tips and Tricks

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It’s always possible that these iPhone 6 rumors and iPhone 6 specs will change as the release approaches, so keep in mind the iPhone 6 parts of this comparison are not final. The Verizon LG G3 is on sale now, and all specs and features are current.

LG G3 vs iPhone 6 Video

The seven-minute LG G3 vs iPhone 6 video below shows how the two devices compare on several levels, and we dive deeper into the comparison in the sections below.

LG G3 vs iPhone 6 Design & Size

The LG G3 is larger than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 mock-up, but not that much considering it offers a larger 5.5-inch display. It is big enough that LG includes some one-handed operation modes in the software to help users who can’t reach all corners of the display.

Apple offers aluminum and LG offers plastic, but this plastic feels much nicer than old phones and offers access to the battery and MicroSD storage.

The back of the LG G3 pulls off to let users swap batteries and to add a MicroSD card for more storage. This is not something the iPhone 6 offers based on any leaks and on Apple’s history of sealed iPhone design.

The back of the iPhone 6 is aluminum, and our mock-up includes white lines that one report claims will not be as obvious on a final design. The back of the LG G3 is plastic, but it feels more like a ceramic, offering a premium feel despite plastic roots.

The power and volume buttons are on the back of the LG G3. The new slimmer volume buttons are still on the left side of the iPhone 6 and the power button is now on the right side instead of on the top.

LG G3 vs iPhone 6 Display

The LG G3 display is larger at 5.5-inches and packs in more pixels with a  2,560 x 1,440 resolution. That’s higher than what we see on the iPhone 5s (1,136 x 640) and even on the Samsung Galaxy S5 (1,920 x 1,080). The iPhone 6 mock-up is for the 4.7-inch iPhone which will likely use a 1,704 x 960 resolution. 

The LG G3 display is stunning and should offer a much higher resolution and pixel density than the iPhone 6.

Simply put the LG G3 offers a higher resolution display that is capable of showing more detail in photos and videos than the current iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5, and it should deliver a similar performance boost over the iPhone 6, if those display specs are true. The video below shows a close up of the LG G3 display, and is best viewed in full HD.

The display is important, but we’ll need to look at a real iPhone 6 display to make a judgement call. The iPhone 6 display may include a Sapphire cover that is very hard to scratch.

Cameras

Another key difference is the camera on each phone. We don’t know a lot about the iPhone 6 camera at this point. Some rumors claim Apple plans to offer an 8MP sensor with larger pixels, while other reports suggest optical image stabilization or electronic image stabilization are in the works. One rumor also claims Apple will use a 13MP Sony sensor in the iPhone 6. Based on the iOS 8 beta we expect the iPhone 6 camera software will include the standard options like Photo, Video, Panorama, Slow motion, Burst and the new tim-lapse and timer options as well.

The LG G3 includes laser focus, but the iPhone 6 camera rumors are still not clear.

The LG G3 offers a 13MP camera with a dual-LED flash, like the iPhone 5s’ pill shaped flash. The LG G3 includes a laser focus feature that allows the G3 camera to focus on a subject incredibly fast. In our experience this is not a gimmick, but a feature that works very well.

The LG G3 camera app includes an auto mode, panorama mode, timer and HDR settings. Users can also take a picture by saying smile or cheese. There is also support for burst photos, gesture photos, dual camera to put the G3 holder in the photo and Magic Focus. Magic Focus takes photos at a variety of focus levels so that users can adjust the focus later for a more dramatic shot.

Touch ID & Knock Code

Apple and LG offer different methods of unlocking their smartphones. Both of these offer a benefit to the user, and ultimately it may come down to what you need most from your smartphone security option.

Security varies between the two devices, but each option offers some benefits.

The iPhone 6 will support Touch ID, to unlock the iPhone with your fingerprint. In iOS 8 this should also let your fingerprint interact with third-party apps to unlock or to act as a password. Touch ID lets users buy items in iTunes as well. Touch ID arrived on the iPhone 5s and should make another appearance on the iPhone 6 as well as new iPads this fall.

The LG G3 features a knock code, that lets users tap on the screen to unlock the phone. This allows for a personal knock code and users can activate it when the display is completely off, for fast access to the home screen.

Software Features

We know the new iPhone will run iOS 8, a new version of iPhone software that Apple announced in June. if tradition holds Apple will include some special iPhone 6 only iOS 8 features that the company announces during an iPhone 6 event in september.

For now we know about a variety of iOS 8 features like text appearing as you speak instead of when you are done dictating as shown in the video above. We also know that Apple plans a variety of other iOS 8 features like a better keyboard, support for third party-keyboards and much more. Check out 51 exciting iOS 8 features for a big look at what’s new.

You can also check out iOS 8 vs iOS 7 for iPhone owners that showcases the new features from an iPhone standpoint.

The LG G3 packs in an IR port on the top of the device to let users remote control a TV.

The LG G3 runs Android 4.4.2, which is a recent version, and will likely see an update to Android L that Google will release later this year. LG packs in a lot of features on top of Android 4.4.2 including the ability to run two apps on-screen at once, one app floating over others and a quick remote. There is also fast access to settings and a personal hotspot in the notification drawer. The LG G3 notifications are also much nicer than anything Apple offers in iOS 7 or iOS 8.

We’ll have a better look at the iPhone 6 features as the rumors offer more and when Apple makes an official announcement that rumors suggest is coming in September.

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The iPhone 6 is clearly on its way to replace the iPhone 5s but that doesn't mean that the iPhone 5s is simply going to fade into darkness. No, there is a good chance that Apple will keep the iPhone 5s around and if it does, it will almost certainly be put on shelves with a cheaper price tag.

Apple's current iPhone lineup has the iPhone 5s at $199.99, iPhone 5c at $99 and iPhone 4s for free on-contract. It's not clear how the iPhone 6 will fit in though rumors suggest we could see the 5.5-inch model slot in at $299.99 with the smaller iPhone 6 at the iPhone 5s' price point.

Whatever the case, the iPhone 5s will almost certainly drop in price making it a legitimate iPhone 6 rival. Its hardware is still solid, its getting iOS 8 and more, and it remains one of the best smartphones on the market nearly a year after its release.

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LG G3 vs iPhone 6 Video: 5 Key Differences is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How To Rent Movies on Windows 8.1

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 22:32

How To Rent Movies on Windows 8.1 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Windows 8.1 wasn’t just a reimagining of what an operating system could be. It also included a ton of apps that make doing everyday tasks a lot easier. One such task is renting videos and it’s integrated into Windows through the new Xbox Video app.

Here’s how to rent movies on Windows 8.1.

To be clear, Windows 8.1 isn’t actually doing any of the work itself. Instead, it’s the Xbox Video service that Microsoft makes available on a Windows Phone, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One too. Renting movies this way saves you from having to download different apps to achieve the same task. Plus, if you’ve already provided a Microsoft Account and a credit card to your Windows device, you won’t need to enter that payment information again.

Let’s get started.

First, you’re going to need a device running Windows 8.1. Don’t worry; all Windows 8 tablets, laptops and 2-in-1s are upgradable to Windows 8.1 absolutely free. Go to the Start Screen by pressing the Windows button on your tablet or 2-in-1 or by pressing the Windows key on your device’s keyboard. Look for the Store Live Tile. It looks like a shopping bag with a Windows logo on it. Look for the banner that says update to Get the Free Windows 8.1 update. It’ll be purple and on the right. If you don’t see that banner, you’re already up to date.

Go to the Windows Start Screen by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard or the Windows button near your touch device’s screen.

Look for the red Xbox Video Live tile.

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If you don’t see it on your device that’s ok. Touch users should place their finger anywhere and slowly slide it up to reveal the list of installed apps. Mouse and keyboard users should right-click anywhere on the Start Screen to see this same list of installed applications.

Find Video in the list of installed apps. On both the Start Screen and this list, Xbox Video will simply be referred to Video. Tap or click on it.

By default, the Xbox Video app will take you to the TV Store. Click or tap on Movie Store on the right side of your screen to browse for a movie that you’d like to rent. If you already know what movie you’d like to rent, type its title in the search box on the left side of your screen. For the purpose of this demonstration we’re renting Batman: Return of the Dark Knight Part 1.

If a movie is available for rent, you’ll notice a rent button with a price on it. In many cases, movies that are available for purchase, might not necessarily be available for rent and vice-versa. Batman: Return of the Dark Knight Part 1 is available for rent and purchase, which is why it shows both options.

Before you hit that rent button, decide if you’d rather watch in standard definition or high-definition. In many cases standard-definition should be enough. Renting in standard-definition saves space if you decide to download the movie for offline viewing. It also saves you a bit of money. Typically, there’s a one to dollar difference in pricing for high-definition video and standard-definition video. Make your selection then tap or click on Rent to rent the movie you want.

Now you’ll be asked whether you want to stream the movie or download it to your device. Be careful to choose the one that’s best for your situation because it can’t be undone. Tap or click on Next.

Now you’ll be prompted to put in the password for the Microsoft Account you use on your device or enter the username and password of your Microsoft Account.

Now choose the method you’d like to pay for it with and confirm. By default this will be whatever card is associated with your Xbox One, Windows Phone or Windows device.  Tap or Click on Confirm.

Thankfully, if you decide you want to watch the movie you rent on a different device later on you can. That’s because Xbox Video actually syncs different types of content between different devices. So you may rent a movie on your tablet then decide that you’d like to finish on your Xbox One. That’s totally doable.

Any movies you rent from the Xbox Video Store are available for you to start watching them for 14 days. Once you hit play on a movie your official rental period begins and you have just 48 hours to fully finish the movie before it becomes unavailable.

Currently, the Windows Xbox Video app has some issues getting rid of old movies that have expired. If that happens to you, right-click or tap and hold on the movie in the Collection view to make sure it’s not stored on your device and taking up space. I should note that users can also start and stop movies through their web browser at Xbox’s website, making Xbox Video available on Mac PCs too.

Happy watching.

 

How To Rent Movies on Windows 8.1 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

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2014 NFL Hall of Fame Game Live Stream

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 19:30

2014 NFL Hall of Fame Game Live Stream is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

You don’t need a TV to see the first NFL game of the year when you can tune in to the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game live stream to watch the Giants vs Bills in the first NFL Preseason game.

The NY Giants vs Buffalo Bill 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game live stream is available to users with a cable or satellite package who can’t watch on TV. You can watch on iPhone, Android or iPad to see the game as it happens. This is a free 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game live stream as long as you already pay for a cable or satellite subscription.

You can watch the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game live stream starting at 8 PM Eastern, 5PM Pacific. The game takes place at the Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

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Even if you don’t like the Bills or the Giants, it is your chance to see how a NFL game plays with the new NFL extra point experiment that pushes the ball back to the 15 for extra points. This will continue through the second week of NFL Preseason games before returning to the 2-yard line for the rest of the 2014 NFL Preseason and the regular season. A 2-point conversion still starts at the 2-yard line.

The 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game live stream follows the NFL Hall of Fame induction. Here’s a look at where you can find a 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game live stream using your cable or satellite subscription so you can watch even if you aren’t at home in front of your TV.

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This is the start of the NFL Preseason, which really kicks off on August 7th with the Colts vs. Jets to bring the full 2014 NFL preseason into swing.

Read on to learn how you can watch the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game live stream using NBC Sports Live Extra on your iPhone, Android or iPad.

2014 NFL Hall of Fame Game Live Stream

If you can’t watch the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game on a TV you’ll need to download the NBC Sports Live Extra app for your iPhone, Android or iPad to see the live stream. This is confirmed so you don’t need to worry that this will change. You can watch this at home or on the go using WiFi or 3G and 4G LTE connectivity. You can also use the NFL Mobile app powered by Verizon.

Download the NBC Sports Live Extra app to watch the 2014 Hall of Fame game live stream.

There is only one place to watch the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game live stream, thanks to the locked down nature of NFL streaming.

You need to download the NBC Live Sports Extra app for your device using the download links below.

You can use these apps to access a 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game live stream on your mobile device. If you want to use your computer you can point your favorite web browser to the NBC Live Sports Extra website, where you can also log in to watch.

To watch the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game live stream in this app you’ll need to log in with one of the following providers.

  • Comcast xfinity
  • DirecTV
  • Dish Network
  • Verizon FIOS
  • COX
  • Charter
  • AT&T Uverse
  • Optimum
  • Suddenlink
  • Mediacom
  • WOW!
  • And other smaller networks.

You won’t find a Time Warner NBC Live Sports Extra access, leaving anyone on that cable company out of luck. You can use your login information for the cable or satellite company to login and verify the account. This is what unlocks access to the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game live stream on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

If you don’t have cable and you do use Verizon for your cell phone service you can watch the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game live stream in the NFL Mobile app. This may require an added fee, but if you are on a Verizon MORE Everything plan, you’ll have access to live video features except RedZone without paying for a Premium subscription.

If you don’t have cable or Verizon you are out of luck. There are always less legal means of watching NFL games online, but you may be in for a lot of downtime and hassles that aren’t worth it for watching the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame game.

2014 NFL Hall of Fame Game Live Stream is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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